This paper examines the contribution made by studies of the history of human height to our understanding of the history of wellbeing and highlights the continuing importance of historical studies for the present day.
Using rich historical data from the London Foundling Hospital 1892-1919, I find that malnutrition did not affect whether individuals contracted infectious diseases, but it did influence sickness severity from measles.
I developed an index tracking human flourishing worldwide since 1870. I find that current inequality in human development is associated with past health improvements, rather than rates of economic growth.
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